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CSEC seminar with Andrew Barry
Date: 25 October 2007 Time: 4.00-5.30 pm
Andrew Barry (University of Oxford)
Thursday 25 October 2007, 16.00-17.30
Institute for Advanced Studies, Meeting Room 1
It is commonplace to note that social scientists should reduce their tendency to use the preposition 'of'. Instead of talking about the sociology, the anthropology, or the geography, or the politics, of medicine or religion, for example, we might begin to talk about the ways in which the study of medicine or religion might affect the ways in which we understand what the social or political or the cultural is. This paper follows this line of argument. In the paper, I argue that there has been something of a lack of interest in the study of oil except in the specialist literature. Given its evident political and economic importance, the literature on oil and other fossil fuels is remarkably limited. The paper explores the potential theoretical interest of oil, and discusses why there may have been such a neglect.
Andrew Barry is Reader in Geography at the Oxford University Centre for the Environment and was previously Reader in Sociology at Goldsmiths. He is author of Political Machines: Governing a Technological Society and co-editor of The Technological Economy and Foucault and Political Reason. His most recent published papers have been on the social theory of Gabriel Tarde (with Nigel Thrift) and on 'Logics of Interdisciplinarity' (with Georgina Born and Gisa Weszkalnys). His interest in oil develops from a study of a controversy surrounding the construction of an oil pipeline in Georgia and Azerbaijan in 2004-5.
All welcome. For further information, please contact Bronislaw Szerszynski (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will be taking Andrew out for dinner afterwards; participants are welcome to join us.
Who can attend: Anyone
Associated staff: Bronislaw Szerszynski
Keywords: Environment, Sociology
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